At the time I was writing this, I was planning my vacation to South Carolina. I usually prefer to have every minute of a trip planned out so that no time is wasted. I requested travel guides months in advance and started thinking about what I would want to do. It was all-consuming.
For this issue, I had the honor of preparing a Thanksgiving meal. Hats off to all you ladies and gents who make this day possible for your friends and family each year. It’s no easy task. I know how difficult and long the day can be. And the days leading up to it, for that matter.
In a world in which everyone shares everything on social media, including the #crazyAHHmazing salad they had for lunch or the beautiful sunset they saw on their relaxing evening walk, it’s almost as if you know everything that’s going on in your “friends’ ” lives.
I don’t think of myself as an artistic person—in the traditional sense, at least. Even though I work in a creative industry and I get to design most days, I still don’t feel artistically inclined. I’m not a painter, sculptor or sketcher. Give me a pen and paper and ask to me draw something, and likely you’ll be disappointed with the results. My niece knows that all too well. She recently asked me to draw her a picture. I took my time and did my best. When I handed her the finished product, she threw the paper on the ground and asked someone else to draw a picture for her. I guess she wasn’t impressed by my talents. Needless to say, I didn’t feel too artistic.
At the beginning of the year, I made a resolution to make some lifestyle changes. One of them was to eat healthier. I’m talking about cleaning up my diet in general. No more eating four cookies for a snack and thinking that’s OK. No more waiting to eat dinner till 9 p.m. and settling for leftover pizza and Doritos. No more treating my body like a garbage disposal.
From a very young age, I have been a lover of love. From hopping on the back of my neighbor boy’s toy four-wheeler and riding off into the sunset at the age of 3, to writing love letters and sharing toys with a cute boy in the first grade, to present day when I cry at sappy commercials, I am a sucker for love.
It’s that time of year again, when everyone is excited about New Year’s resolutions, myself included. Unlike the usual weight loss, fitness and health resolutions that most people make when the ball drops, I’m making resolutions to live in the moment.
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